UBS - "Financial markets are giving out inconsistent signals. A firmer yen, stronger Treasuries and bunds, weaker Eurozone peripheral bonds and lower stocks point to increased risk aversion. But the Swiss franc is weakening while commodity currencies are stable. The major currencies are more likely still to be driven by shifts in monetary policy. The Federal Reserve is set to keep tapering, helping the dollar recover from this year's lows. The likelihood of European Central Bank easing next…Continue
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UBS - "The dollar continues to trade at weak levels against the euro, pound and Swiss franc as the Federal Reserve is still printing money and buying bonds. In the week ahead the Federal Open Market Committee is likely to taper its asset purchases by another $10bn to $45bn a month. We expect the greenback to rise across the board as the end of quantitative easing comes into sight by the autumn. But this month's FOMC decision may only provide marginal support to the dollar as the Fed will…Continue
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UBS - "The foreign exchange markets reacted to America's March employment report by favouring higher-yielding emerging markets and commodity currencies. But US data is unlikely to remain 'not too hot' to spur fears of Federal Reserve tightening and 'not too cold' to raise concerns about the recovery. Instead Friday's payrolls report clearly showed America's economy emerging from the winter slowdown. The Fed is thus on track to finish tapering its bond purchases by the autumn, raising the…Continue
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UBS - "In the week ahead Federal Reserve Chairwoman Yellen appears before Congress and Bank of England Governor Carney will present the February Inflation Report. (...) policymakers in both the US and UK are likely to signal interest rate increases will still only start from next year.
That will temper rallies in the dollar and pound. But we expect the greenback still to outperform this year as the Fed steadily cuts its pace of quantitative easing. The Fed's slowing balance sheet…Continue
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UBS - "In the next three months the Federal Reserve, European Central Bank and the Banks of Japan and England will all publish new economic projections. The upcoming forecast rounds will be important for currencies as they have the potential to shift the course of monetary policy across the major economies.
(...) This week's key points for currencies are:
- stronger data challenging Fed's forecasts
- ECB to keep explicit easing bias in the week ahead
- Japanese CPI…
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UBS - "This week's key points for currencies are
- Fed tapering in the week ahead will push dollar higher
- Eurozone PMI keeping euro supported for now
- CPI inflation key in the week ahead for yen
- BoE to keep stressing no imminent need to hike rates
- EURCHF bulls should ignore bank capital buffer increase
- RBA comments keeping Australian dollar sell on rallies
- NZ dollar to rise into RBNZ meeting in the week ahead
- BoC concern on low inflation…
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UBS - "The search for inflation is becoming central to currency markets (...) In the week ahead, Canada, Australia and New Zealand all release their latest consumer price indices. The Bank of Canada also meets. We expect no change in policy but a weaker than consensus inflation print will increase expectations the BoC may cut its overnight rate from 1.00% later in the year. Australia's CPI release will also be closely followed after December's weaker than anticipated payrolls report. In…Continue
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UBS - "In the week ahead, most of the Fed's doves including Chairman Bernanke, New York Fed President Dudley, current FOMC voting members Evans, Rosengren and Bullard, and non-voting FOMC member Kocherlakota - are scheduled to speak. In addition, the October 29-30 FOMC meeting minutes will be released. Together, the upcoming communications will provide more insight into whether policymakers are willing to consider tapering as early as the December 17-18 FOMC meeting.
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Goldman Sachs - "UNITED STATES: FOMC
CURRENT SITUATION The Fed funds rate is at 0%-0.25%. The Fed initiated a new round of asset purchases and extended its rate guidance on September 13, 2012.
NEXT MEETING Oct. 30 Dec.18
EXPECTATION We expect the Fed to keep the funds rate near 0% through 2015, and to continue asset purchases until 2Q2014.
JAPAN: BoJ Monetary Policy Board
CURRENT SITUATION The overnight call rate is at 0%-0.1%. The…
UBS - "The new month starts with a high degree of event risk. The US may launch strikes against Syria as early as this weekend. In the week ahead, the European Central Bank, the Banks of Japan, England and Canada, the Reserve Bank of Australia and the Riksbank all hold policy meetings. The US August payrolls report is due at the end of the week, and emerging market currencies are likely to face further pressure if America's employment data suggest the Federal Reserve will agree this month to…Continue
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Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi: "The pound may continue to strengthen modestly in the near-term on the back of strengthening UK cyclical momentum. However, those gains are likely to prove limited and remain vulnerable both in the near-term and medium–term. In the near-term those gains could quickly reverse should the BoE choose to strengthen its forward rate guidance. One upcoming key event which poses some downside risk for the pound is on the 28th August when Governor Carney is next scheduled to…Continue
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HSBC - "Over the next 10 days the markets will be focusing heavily on the policy meetings of the big four
This week: Fed, BoE, ECB
Next week: BoJ, RBA (We expect 25bp cut), BoE Carney inflation report
For those with a weak constitution look away now, because on top of these policy meetings we have crucial data: US GDP data (important benchmark revisions), ISM, Payrolls
By the end of the week we may have a better understanding of where we stand on the tapering debate. This…
Added by Francesc Riverola on July 30, 2013 at 10:25pm — No Comments
UBS - "EURUSD and GBPUSD have experienced two major regimes over the last couple of decades. In the 1990s both currency pairs tended to weaken when investors were risk seeking while over the last decade both exchange rates have strengthened when stock markets have been rallying.
The shifting experience of the euro and the pound against the dollar appears to have resulted from the Fed changing policy stance after the internet bubble burst in 2000-2001, and consistently setting interest…
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Bank of America Merrill Lynch - "Will stronger US data lead to a higher USD too? The answer to this question is less obvious than it might seem – the correlation between the USD and US data has varied greatly over the past 20 years. In fact, during 2002-04 and 2008-2010, the USD exhibited a strong negative correlation with US data.
In our view, the USD is in an unusually good position to benefit from stronger US growth at this time:
1. With the ECB and the BoE having just adopted…
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UBS - "The dollar is entering a perfect storm that should see the currency rallying this year to 1.20, 110, 1.41 and 1.03 against the euro, yen, pound and Swiss franc respectively.
First, June's payrolls shows the Federal Reserve is on track to start tapering its asset purchases from the September 17-18 Open Market Committee meeting. Second, the European Central Bank in contrast announced an important dovish shift in policy, signalling interest rates would remain at present levels or…
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UBS - "Several of the world's major currencies are experiencing or are close to important turning points. The dollar is starting to trend higher following Chairman Bernanke's suggestion after the June Federal Open Market Committee meeting that the central bank may taper its asset purchases later this year. Similarly, the yen, despite volatility over the last few weeks, is set to trend lower following the Bank of Japan's decision on April 4 to double the monetary base. Our view that the…Continue
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Bank of America Merrill Lynch - "Expectations of changes in central bank policies are the largest driver of financial markets this year. Across G10 currencies, RBA rate cuts have weighed on AUD, BoJ QE announcement has driven JPY lower, conjecture of Mark Carney’s actions at BoE has affected GBP, ECB press conferences have created EUR volatility and RBNZ currency overvaluation concerns alongside market intervention have changed opinions on NZD. Now, markets are focused on the Federal Reserve…Continue
UBS - "USDJPY remains the focus of the currency markets. Over the last two weeks the flush out of positions in the currency pair and the Nikkei has been savage, causing investors to unwind other dollar longs against the euro, pound and Swiss franc. In contrast, the fundamentals supporting a stronger dollar this year remain intact.
(...) most of the forty clients we met this week in France, Sweden and Switzerland also still favour the dollar this year. Longs have clearly been strongly…
Rabobank - "The June Bank of England policy meeting was never likely to be a game changer for sterling. That said, the UK economy has entered into an interesting phase. Finally there are sufficient signs of improvement in data releases to indicate that the country may be entering into a nascent economic recovery. The slightly better tone of economic data will be a relief to Governor King who retires at the end of the month after a difficult tenure. However, King has still left plenty of work…Continue
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UBS - "In the week ahead, UBS Economics forecasts stronger than expected US ISM and payrolls releases. That is set to make investors more fearful of carry trades being unwound. As a result the dollar is likely to continue rallying against emerging market and commodity currencies, rebound against the euro and pound, and should start to recover lost ground against the Swiss franc and yen. This week's key points for currencies are:
- firm US data to pressure risk trades, favour…Continue